No Short-Cuts

I like the answers to my questions to be given to me – quickly.

I don’t want to spend a bunch of time researching and trying to figure them out.

Who has the time for that?

Can you relate?

If one of the questions you have is “why don’t I hear God speak to me more often?” or “why can’t I ever hear God speak to me?”

The answer is – it takes having a personal relationship with God to regularly hear him.  The closer I get to him, the louder and more clearly his voice becomes.

Yes, sometimes he will just speak out of the blue to someone who doesn’t even believe in him.  But, generally, getting our communication channels open with God takes time and effort.

We like to take short cuts by listening to the pastor for 20 minutes on Sunday morning so he can teach us something from God’s Word.  We like reading Christian books and devotionals where other Christians share what they heard from God.  Don’t get me wrong – this is good – I’m a blogger, aren’t I?  The Holy Spirit can and does use all of these methods to reveal truth to us.

But I will never have a close personal relationship with God through someone else.  It’s got to be just him and me for many hours, many weeks, many months, many years.  If I really want to know and hear God, this is the answer.

“God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God”  Psalm 53

Please help us seek you with all of our hearts, minds and souls, Abba Father.

If I Seek Him,

I will find him.

It’s true.  And the opposite is true.  If I don’t seek God, I can’t expect to find him.  I won’t know him.

It’s also true that I will never totally know and and understand God because he is – well,

God!

My 3 1/2 pound brain just can’t comprehend all of him.  My goal is to seek to know and understand more of him every day, every week, every year.  I have decided that I will be on this journey towards the Truth for the rest of my life.

And, when my journey on earth ends, I’m going to know God better than I know him now.  I am going to understand him better than I understand him right now.

Because, when I seek him, I always find him and it’s all good.

King David shared this wisdom in 1 Chronicles with  Solomon as he prepared to hand his throne over to his son. “If you seek him, he will be found by you.”

David knew this to be true from his own personal experience.  He also understood that Solomon would need to seek God for himself in order to be the king God wanted him to be.

David realized that Solomon would not hear God, not understand God, not know God unless he spent significant time and effort in seeking him.

The same is true for you and me.  There is no magic to growing in my knowledge of  and faith in God.  It takes a lot of time and effort.   I have to willing to open my heart so God can change the things I love to the things he loves.  I have to willing to open my mind so God can transform my thoughts –  etching his truth over old lies and self-centered thinking.  I have to read and study his Word and then let his Word come alive in my life – effecting the things I say and the things I do.  It takes perseverence and commitment.

But there is nothing that is more worth the time and energy and effort.

Nothing.

You are all I need, Abba Father.

Finding God

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” God says to us in Jeremiah 29.

He tells us we need to call on him.August 11 2013 Finding God

We need to come to him.

And we need to pray to him.

Then we will find him.

Thank you, dear Father.

This verse comes immediately after a favorite verse of ours, “For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God wants to do all of that for us.

And how does he do that?

He speaks to us, he guides us, he changes us, when we call on him.

When we come to him.

When we talk with him.

We have to do our part and then God has a free reign in our lives to prosper us and to give us a future.

Thank you, dear Father!